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Don’t be in such a “rush”….

A while ago I bought this little rush chair…. I was thinking maybe it would be a cute planter.

childs chair before rushing

Then last week I came across it buried under a bunch of other things and thought, Hmm… I just bet I can teach myself to fix this. So off I went to the local Woodworkers shop to buy fabric rush (which is a deceptive name, I am pretty convinced it’s made of kraft paper).

First thing I did was pull off the old rushing. I started to unweave it thinking I could figure out the pattern as I went backwards… Yea, that was absurd. So I just used my tin snips and cut it off- WAY faster.

tools needed to remove rush and picture of cut line

then I had this:

chair after all old rushing material removed

In that, there was this to contend with:

picture of side starting after removal of main rushing

(Remember this picture later…) So I used needle nose pliers and a claw hammer to remove all the tacks. Then I gave it a quick sand, painted it Shabby Paints White Ice, distressed and sealed it with VAX (no pictures, I’m a jerk).

Rush comes in rolled lengths of 100-150 feet- that’s way too long to work with, so you cut it into sections of 30 feet. Then you give it a quick dip in warm water for about 12-15 seconds and then start working… I started and then realized that the seat was not a square so there was probably some way I was supposed to adapt for that… Sigh.. there was. Remember all that weirdness with multiple nails? Yea, I had to do that again… so I unwound everything I had done, and started again. (and forgot to take pictures)

When I was done, it looked like this:

childs chair after new rushing

It’s not perfect, but what handmade item is? It’s certainly useable as an actual chair now and so hopefully that counts for something? If you’re wondering, I used this link to teach myself how to weave it.

Don’t be afraid to try something new.. and screw it up… because in messing up, I learned how NOT to rush chairs, was reminded I should read instructions all the way through before I start… and I learned a new skill too! Hooray!!

Do you think you could give this a try?




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  • Reply
    Alison Palmer
    May 24, 2017 at 7:44 AM

    I must say, you are one brave woman! Great job.

    • Reply
      May 28, 2017 at 6:42 PM

      thank you! It was fun!

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